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Old 02-03-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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Our curtains...

Our trailer has a little bit more of the furniture in it now... but these were the pictures I had of the curtains.

The "blackout backing" has really been a life saver for us. They're nice for both blocking out the sun in the middle of the day and also for obnoxious street lights etc. at night.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #16
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These are pics of the curtains/mini blinds that Deb designed, sewed and with a little sheetmetal work we assembled and installed on our 1965 Tradewind.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:25 AM   #17
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Custom fabric sewn by JPA
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:02 AM   #18
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My wife made ours. They attached to the rail above and below. They have two panels. Hold the heat out in the summer and in during the winter.

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Old 02-04-2012, 11:22 AM   #19
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Suzee--those curtains are single pleat curtains, just like the original ones--sweet!
Thanks! Silver Threads did an amazing job on them!! I could have gone more modern, but I really liked the old school style!
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #20
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I used triple pleats in ours. We wanted better light screening and privacy than single pleats would offer. The fabric is fairly translucent when backlit. I got distracted by other projects, like the dinette, and haven't quite finished the curtain edges yet.

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:55 PM   #21
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These are pics of the curtains/mini blinds that Deb designed, sewed and with a little sheetmetal work we assembled and installed on our 1965 Tradewind.
This is kind of what I had in mind. Would you mind showing me a pic of the inside so I can see how it was sewn?
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:27 PM   #22
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My wife is quite accomplished when it comes to knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She made these lined curtains for our Bambi II, saving $$ over commercial ones or blinds. For those of you who know, she sews on a vintage compact Singer. The valances really set them off!
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #23
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Klatawa,

The mounting hardware strip is really interesting: do the blinds mount under/inside the framework that holds the curtains or does the framework mount the blinds as well? That looks like a very efficient and practical system we could use, too.

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:25 PM   #24
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Here's a link to the interior of our 1958 Sovereign of the Road... with some inside shots showing some photos with the curtains in them.

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I used triple pleats in ours.
I'm drape illiterate. What's the difference between triple and single pleats?

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Old 02-04-2012, 08:56 PM   #26
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The mini blinds are blind nutted inside of the original curtain tracks that were in the 1965 Tradewind. I sawed the the original curtain track extrusion out then used blind nuts long enough to extend through the mini blind. The curtain track on the outside lip of the extrusion is from Vintage Trailer supply. We did not have all of the original curtain tracks, so I thought , another story. I made four other curtain assemblies out of .063 aluminum forming them on a brake to the desired angle. I can take more pics if you want.

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Old 02-04-2012, 10:09 PM   #27
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I'm drape illiterate. What's the difference between triple and single pleats?

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From the top, single pleats look sort of like this:

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Triple pleats look sort of like this:

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The pleats are made by folding about 3" of fabric over a strip of heavy interfacing, called pleater tape, I think. Each pleat is sewn about 1/2" deep for the height of the pleater tape, so for the top (and bottom in a trailer) 3" of the curtain.

A short horizontal seam is then sewn across the base of each set of pleats at the edge of the pleater tape, binding them all together. This makes triple pleats look sort of like partially open fans at the top. The fabric that went into the pleats opens out in the middle of the curtain for a graceful bulge.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:14 PM   #28
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The valances really set them off!
Nice!

Are those valances original to the trailer, or did you make them? If you made them, I'd love to see a closer detail. I'm looking for something like that to hide the roll of a roller blind.
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